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Edward Alexander MACDOWELL (1860-1908) Piano Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op.15 (1882) Second Modern Suite, Op.14 (1881) Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op.23 (1885) Seta Tanyel (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins Rec. Henry Wood Hall, London, UK. December 2000 The Romantic Piano Series No. 25 full price HYPERION CDA 67165 [77.10] [RW]

The first American-born composer to have his works favourably compared with those of his European-born peers … see Full Review

Alexander Campbell MACKENZIE (1847-1935): Scottish Concerto, Op. 55 [28.09] Donald Francis TOVEY (1873-1940): Piano Concerto in A major, Op. 15 [33.20] Steven Osborne (piano) BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins Recorded in City Hall, Candleriggs, Glasgow 8-9 January 1998 The Romantic Piano Concerto: Volume 19 HYPERION CDA67023 [61.40] [JQ]

Marvellous concertos delivered with tremendous panache. … see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No 2 in C Minor "Resurrection" (1888-94) Totenfeier* (1888) Melanie Diener (Soprano), Petra Lang (Mezzo Soprano), Prague Philharmonic Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly
(Recorded in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 9th & 12-24th November 2001 and 25-26th January 1999*) DECCA 470 283-2 2 CDs [111.37] (2 for price of 1) [TD]

Those collecting Chailly’s Mahler cycle need not hesitate, others should consider looking elsewhere. ...see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No.3 in D minor - Kindertotenlieder - Agnes Baltsa (mezzo-soprano) - Women of the Vienna Opera Chorus; Vienna Boys Choir Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Lorin Maazel - Recorded c.1985 SONY ESSENTIAL CLASSICS SB2K89893 [2CDs: 67.10+70.38] [TH]

Hard to give more than a very qualified recommendation here … see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 6 in A minor "Tragic" (1903-4) Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken/Günter Herbig Recorded "live" at the Congresshalle, Saarbrücken on 26th November 1999 BERLIN CLASSICS 0094612BC [75:38]

One of the very best recordings of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony available … see Full Review

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911) Symphony No. 7 Orquesta Filharmonica de Gran Canaria Adrian Leaper Recorded 21 & 26-30 June 1995, El Cebadal, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ARTE NOVA 74321 30475 2 [79.25] [IL]

Worthy of serious consideration, either as an indulgent extra recording for the curious enthusiast, or for anyone wanting to acquire this great symphony at minimal cost. … see Full Review

Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Der Cornet (1945) d'après le poème de Rainer-Maria Rilke 'Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke' - Philippe Huttenlocher (bar) Collegium Academicum Genève/Robert Dunand - rec 8 Oct 1984, live performance, Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève, Radio Suisse-Romande II ADD GALLO CD-725 [64.25] [RB]

A live performance of one of Martin's most accessible vocal works beside the Mass and In Terra Pax. Great performance and Huttenlocher strong as an ox - subtle as a humming-bird. ... see Full Review

Frank MARTIN (1890-1974) Complete Piano Music Danse Grave (1940) Guitare (1933) Eight Preludes (1948) Clair de Lune (1952) Etude Rhythmique (1965) Esquisse pour le Piano (1965) Fantaisie sur des Rhythmes Flamenco (1973) Daniel Spiegelberg (piano) rec 1991?, AAD GALLO CD-636 [54.22] [RB]

Martin's complete piano music. Amongst his much approachable works. Played with authority. .... see Full Review

Bohuslav MARTINU(1890-1959) Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (1942) [23.40] Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934-1998) Concerto for Piano four hands and Chamber Orchestra (1988) [19.45] Hommage à Grieg for solo violin and orchestra (1993) [5.21] Polyphonischer Tango for chamber orchestra (1979) [5.06] Piano Duo Genova and Dimitrov Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR/Eiji Oue Grosser Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Niedersachsen des NDR, Hannover, Jan/March 2001 CPO 999 804-2 [54.04] [RB]

Lively recording. Strong performances. If the repertoire appeals there is no reason to wait. ... see Full Review

Bohuslav MARTINU (1890-1959) Musique de Chambre No. 1 (cl, vn, va, vc, hp, pf) (1959) Fantaisie (ondes martenot, ob, pf, string quartet) (1944) Les Rondes (ob, cl, bn, tpt, 2 vns, pf) (1930) Nonet (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, vn,va, vc, bs) (1959) soloists from Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg: Philippe Koch (violin 1); Osamu Yaguchi (violin 2); Ilan Schneider (va); Aleksandr Kramouchin (vc); Thierry Gavard (double bass); Nicola Tulliez (harp); Markus Brönimann (fl); Fabrice Mélinon; Olivier Dartevelle (cl); David Sattler (bn); Marc Bouchard (horn); Adam Rixer (trumpet); with François Kerdoncuff (piano); Jacques Tchamkerten (ondes martenot); Mark Foster (cond. Nonet) rec 18-20 Sept 2000, Conservatoire, Luxembourg, DDD TIMPANI 1C1060 [64.21] [RB]

A valuable collection. Martinů always writes well and these are enjoyable works; not otherwise easy to find ... see Full Review
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Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945) Cavalleria Rusticana - Santuzza – Elena, Obraztsova, Turiddu – Plácido Domingo, Alfio – Renato Bruson; Produced at La Scala, Milan, the ICET film studios and on location in Vizzini, Sicily in 1982 - Ruggero LEONCAVALLO (1857-1919) Pagliacci Canio – Plácido Domingo, Nedda – Teresa Stratas, Tonio – Juan Pons - Produced at La Scala, Milan, and the ICET film studios in 1982 Orchestra and Chorus of La Scale, Milan/Georges Prêtre - Directed by Franco Zeffirelli - Aspect Ratio- 4:3;Audio-Dolby Digital 5.1/LPCM Stereo PHILIPS DVD Video 070 428-9 [142 mins] [AB]

Overall, although Cavalleria Rusticana has positive features it would be hard to recommend this disc. … see Full Review

Jules MASSENET (1842-1912) Suite: Esclarmonde - Suite No. 1, Opus 13 - Suite: Cendrillon Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Kenneth Jean - Rec April 1989, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong NAXOS 8.555986 [57.59] [TB]

Interesting and evocative orchestral sounds … but I am afraid I can only greet it with two cheers rather than three. … see Full Review

Cecilia MCDOWALL (born 1951) Arctic Circle (2001), Eleven (1999)a, Tapsalteerie (1999), Six Pastiches (1985)a, Three Concert Studies (1994)a, Vespers in Venice (1997), Seven Impressions (1993)a, Le Temps Viendra (1998)b, Soundtracks (1998)a, Pavane (1999), Piper’s Dream (1997)a, Winter Music (1992) Emma Williams (flute/piccolo)a; Richard Shaw (piano); Ensemble Lumière (Rosina Alter, bassoon; Fiona Cross, clarinet/bass clarinetb; Julian Faultless, horn; Emma Fielding, oboe/cor anglaisb); Recorded: Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, April and October 2001 DEUX-ELLES DXL 1033 [78:11] [HC]

Often brings Poulenc and Damase to mind and none the worse for that. … see Full Review

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Complete Works for Piano Four-Hands Octet, opus 20; Andante e Allegro brilliant, opus 92; Andante con variazioni, opus 83a. Begoña Uriarte and Karl-Hermann Mrongovius, pianists Live Recording, Camponogara, Venice, Italy, March 2001, DDD ARTS 47622-2 [58’24]

Some very fine ensemble playing, and they take great care to shade and color this music with fine brushes. … see Full Review

André MESSAGER (1853-1929) Véronique - operetta (1898) complete with dialogue Susan Miller (Hélène) Ted Christopher (Florestan) Elizabeth Peterson (Estelle) Robert Goulet (M. Coquenard) Amy Warchol (Denise) Ohio Light Opera Choir and Orchestra /J. Lynn Thompson Rec. College of Wooster, Ohio, USA NEWPORT CLASSICS NPD 85635/2 [CD1 48.16; CD2 52.17] [RW]

The orchestra play well throughout … a production that is lively and fast moving … see Full Review

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1994) Complete Organ Works - CD 1 [72:43] Apparition de l'Église Éternelle, La Nativité du Seigneur - CD 2 [78:34] Le banquet céleste, Offrande au Saint Sacrement, Diptyque, Les corps glorieux (1939) Books 1-3 - CD 3 [72:30] Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité - CD 4 [75:45] Prélude pour orgue, Verset pour la fête de la dédicace, Monodie, L'Ascension (Four symphonic meditations for orchestra), Messe de la Pentecôte - CD 5 [74:55] Livre d'orgue - CD 6 [71:38] Livre du Saint Sacrement Olivier Latry, organ - Recorded July 2000, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris DG 471 481-486 [6CDs] [GPJ]

A celebration not only of one of the significant major bodies of music of the 20th century, but also of the playing of one of the great modern masters of the organ. … see Full Review

Peter MIEG (1906-1990) Symphony (1950) [24.50] Rondeau Symphonique (1964) [16.53] Combray (1977) [18.08] Polish Radio SO, Krakow/André Froelicher - rec 1990?, Krakow, Poland GALLO CD-681 [59.51] [RB]

A disc with which to satisfy your curiosity about Mieg ... see Full Review

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Madrigali Erotici e Spirituale Quel augellin che canta (Book IV); Qui Laudes; Sforgava con le stele (Book IV); O Stellae; Armato il cor (Book VIII); Heu bone vir; Parlo miser’o taccio (Book 7); Longe, mi Jesu; Pianto della Madonna; Piagn’e sospira (Book IV); Plorat amate; Si ch’io vorrei morire (Book IV); O Jesu, mea vita; Io mi giovanetta (Book IV); Rutilante in nocte. Consort of Musick directed by Anthony Rooley Recorded at Forde Abbey, Dorset, January 1993 and Palazzo Te, Mantua, October 1992 REGIS RRC 1073 [61.09] [GH]

Highly enjoyable recording and a fascinating insight into the extraordinary and painstaking art of not allowing the Devil to have the best tunes. … see Full Review

Ignaz MOSCHELES (1794-1870) Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 3 Opp 56 and 58 Anticipations of Scotland; A Grand Fantasia Op 75 Howard Shelley, piano/conductor Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Recorded Federation Concert Hall, Hobart August 2001 HYPERION CDA 67276 [75’50] [JW]

Not a disc of undiscovered masterpieces but a sure reflection of the dilemmas confronting a talented composer … see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphonies: 34 in C, K. 338, 39 in E flat, K. 543, Minuet in C K. 409 (383f) Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra/Hubert Soudant Rec Feb.28-March 1.2002 in the "Grosser Saal", Mozarteum Salzburg ARTE NOVA 74321 92760 [53’ 44"]

Modern instruments performances that are children of their time, with swift speeds and detached articulation: it would be worth having even at top price. … see Full Review

Nicolas NABOKOV (1903-1978) Ode: Méditation sur la majesté de Dieu (1925-28) - Union Pacific (1934) - Marina Shaguch (soprano) - Alexander Kisselev (bass) - Russian State Symphonic Cappella Residentie Orchestra The Hague/Valeri Polyansky - Recorded at the Dr Anton Philipszaal, The Hague, The Netherlands, 21-25 May 2001 CHANDOS CHAN 9768 [66. 39] [CF]

Interesting, and above all, enjoyable music. … see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) Orchestrations by Bo HOLTEN - Commotio (1931) Seven Early Songs (1891-3): Aeblomst (Apple Blossom); I Seraillets Have (In the Seraglio garden); Silkesko (Silken Shoes); Det bødes der for (A moment of Pleasure); Genrebillede (Genre-Painting); Irmelin Rose; Vise af 'Mogens' (Songs from 'Mogens') - Violin Sonata No. 2 (1912) Henriette Bonde-Hansen (sop) Bjarne Hansen (violin) Odense SO/Bo Holten - rec 22-26 Jan 2001, Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense DANACORD DACOCD 588 [61.52][RB]

Will appeal to Nielsen specialists and enthusiasts for Scandinavian song and violin concertos ... see Full Review

Carl NIELSEN (1865-1931) The Six Symphonies - Symphony No. 1 (1892) † [32.43], Symphony No. 2 The Four Temperaments (1902) * [35.15], Symphony No. 3 Sinfonia Espansiva (1911) ‡ [37.31], Symphony No. 4 The Inextinguishable (1916) * [41.10], Symphony No. 5 (1922) * [33.13], Symphony No. 6 Sinfonia Semplice (1925) † [32.24], Ruth Goldbæk (sop); Neils Møller (ten) ‡ † Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy * New York PO/Leonard Bernstein ‡ Royal Danish Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein - rec. stereo ADD 1960s SONY Essential Classics SB3K88974 [3CDs: 66.39+77.30+65.37] [RB]

Superb versions of symphonies 1, 3, 5 and 6. Of heart there is no shortage in these readings. Not perhaps a first choice but a radiant alternative for those open-minded enough to seek a golden age outside the Danish vintage and the Decca, Bis and ClassicO standards. ... see Full Review

Per NØRGÅRD (born 1932) Symphony No.6 "At the End of the Day" (1998/9) Terrains Vagues (2000, rev. 2001) Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard - Recorded: Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, November 2000 (Symphony No.6) and September 2001 (Terrains Vagues) CHANDOS CHAN 9904 [55:54][HC]

Committed and recommendable performances of these far from easy works and wholehearted support from an orchestra in top form. … see Full Review

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Les Contes d’Hoffmann Olympia – Giulietta – Antonia – Stella – Beverly Sills (soprano) Hoffmann - Stuart Burrows (tenor) John Alldis Choir London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel Recorded in London EMI Studios 1972 Westminster the Legacy 471247-2 [2CDs: 149.27] [JN]

Sills’ very human interpretation, warmth of tone, caressing phrases … see Full Review

Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) La Périchole - Comic opera in three acts Elodie Méchain,Antonio Pereira Chorus: Ensemble Vocal Intermezzo and Orchestre Ostinato Directed by Jean-Pierre Tingaud Recorded live during public performances at the Théâtre Impérial, Compiègne 3rd and 10th December 2000 MANDALA 5031/32 [2 CDs: c.145.00] [IL]

On the whole, a delightfully happy and exuberant production of one of the craziest of Offenbach’s comic operas. … see Full Review

Maurice OHANA (1914 - 1992) Cello Concerto No.2: "in dark and blue" (1990) T’Harân-Ngô for orchestra (1974) Piano Concerto (1981) Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello) Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano) Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arturo Tamayo Recorded in Luxembourg Conservatoire 1997 DDD Stereo TIMPANI 1C1039 [65:20] [DB]

A splendid modern cello concerto and two rather more avant-garde and challenging works by Ohana - extremely well recorded and played. … see Full Review
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Jacques OFFENBACH (1819-1880) Orphée aux enfers Alexandru Badea (ten) Orpheus; Elisabeth Vidal (sop) Eurydice; Reinaldo Macias (ten) Aristeus-Pluto; Dale Duesing (bar) Jupiter; Jacqueline van Quaille mez Juno; Désirée Meiser mez Public Opinion; André Jung (ten) John Styx; Michele Patzakis (sop) Venus; Marie-Noëlle de Callatay (sop) Cupid; Sonia Theodoridou (sop) Diane; Franck Cassard (ten) Mercury; Laurence Misonne (sngr) Minerva; Chorus and Orchestra of the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels/Patrick Davin Stage director: Herbert Wernicke Video director: Dirk Gryspeirt Recorded in 1997 Picture format 16:9, Sound 2.0, Region 2 and 5 ARTHAUS MUSIK F L 100 402 [143 minutes] [PQ]

This turgid travesty of a night … see Full Review

Ignacy Jan PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 17 (1888) Moritz MOSKOWSKI (1854-1925) Piano Concerto in E major Op. 59 (1897) Piers Lane (piano) BBC Scottish SO/Jerzy Maksymiuk rec. 3-4 June 1991, City Hall, Glasgow DDD The Romantic Piano Concerto series - vol.1 HYPERION CDA 66452 [72.25] [RB]

Two works of nicely matched brilliance and musical substance ... see Full Review

Andrzej PANUFNIK (1914-1991) Symphony No. 8 Sinfonia Votiva (1981) [22.02] - Roger SESSIONS (1896-1985) Concerto for Orchestra (1981) [16.03] Boston SO/Seiji Ozawa - rec 30 Jan 1981, Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts DDD HYPERION CDH55100 [38.06] [RB]

For the taut intellectual tastes and reflexes of modernists although quite properly the appeal of Panufnik's music is to a wider compass. … see Full Review

Hubert PARRY (1848-1918) Piano Concerto in F sharp major (1880) Charles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924) Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Major (1894) The Romantic Piano Concerto – 12 Piers Lane (piano) BBC Scottish SO/Martyn Brabbins Rec. c.1993, City Hall, Glasgow HYPERION CDA 66820 [72.58] [RW]

Fine performances and readings. Both pieces provide an enjoyable listening experience.[RW]
The Stanford contains much that is characteristic and rewarding; the Parry, an early work, is most effective in its first movement.[CH]… see Full Review

Giovanni Battista PERGOLESI (1710-36) Livietta e Tracollo - Nancy Argenta (soprano) Livietta - Werner van Mechelen (bass) Tracollo - La Serva Padrona - Patricia Biccire (soprano) Serpina - Donato di Stefano (bass) Uberto La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken (conductor) - Ferrucio Soleri (director) - Dirk Gryspeirt (director for video) - Recorded live at the Luna Theatre, Brussels, 1986 TDK DV-LTSP [95 minutes] [PQ]

It’s not as easy as it looks to get such simple pieces so right, but Kuijken and Soleri have the measure of this idiom, and I recommend the disc. … see Full Review

Gabriel PIERNÉ (1863-1937) Cydalise et le Chèvre-Pied (1915) Ballet in Two Acts and Three Tableaux after a story by Gaston Arman de Caillavet (1869-1915) and Robert de Flers (1872-1927) Staged at the Paris Opera - 15 Jan 1923 Collège Vocal de Cathédrale de Metz/Christophe Bergossi Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg/David Shallon rec Luxembourg Conservatoire, 29 May - 2 June 2000 DDD first complete recording TIMPANI 1C1059 [73.39] [RB]

A very fine disc and well worth seeking out if you are an enthusiast for French impressionistic music of the early years of the century. ... see Full Review
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Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Symphony No.2 in D minor, Op.40 (1925) Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op.125 for cello and orchestra (1938) Alexander Ivashkin (cello) Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Valeri Polyanski Recorded at the Moscow Philharmonic, December 2000 (Symphony-Concerto) May 2001 (Symphony) CHANDOS CHAN9989 [79.38] [TH]

Impressively powerful; a coupling that is stimulating and generous … see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH RACHMANINOV Sergei (1873-1943) Variations on a Theme of Chopin, op. 22 SCHUMANN Robert (1810-1856) Carnaval, op. 9 SCHULZ-EVLER Andrei (1852-1905) Arabesken über Themen des Walzers An der schönen blauen Donau von Johann Strauss Mauricio Vallina (pianoforte) Recorded May and June 2001, Henry Wood Hall, London EMI CLASSICS CDM 5 67936 2 [69’ 53"] [CH]

It’s a long time since I heard a new artist who holds out such hope for the future and I shall follow his career with the greatest interest. ...see Full Review

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No. 1-4, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Oleg Marshev (piano) Aarhus SO/James Loughran rec: Frichsparken, Aarhus, May/Oct 2001 DDD 3 CDs for the price of 2 DANACORD DACOCD 582-583 [3CDs: 65.12+45.42+54.43] [RB]

Grandly expansive ... favouring the epic and superbly recorded ... see Full Review

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937) Music for 2 Pianos Introduction and Allegro, Rapsodie Espagnole, Entre cloches, Ma mère l'oye, Overture: Shéhérazade, Frontispice* , La Valse Jennifer Micallef, Glen Inanga (pianos) *with Christian Sterling (piano) Recorded 10-11 July 2000, Potton Hall, Suffolk SOMM SOMMCD 025 [66.30] [TB]

Tight ensemble and brilliant dexterity … see Full Review

Joaquin RODRIGO (1901 - 1999)Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)a Concierto Pastorale (1978)b Fantasia para un gentilhombre (1954)a Carlos Bonell (guitar)a; Jennifer Stinton (flute)b; English Chamber Orchestra; Steuart Bedford Recorded: Abbey Road, London, 1989 REGIS RRC 1090 [68:32] [HC]

Much to relish in this attractive release. … see Full Review

Joseph-Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1955) Le Pays Drame en musique en trois actes et quatre tableaux (1908-10) Poème de Charles Le Goffic Mireille Delunsch (sop) ... Kæthe Gilles Ragon (ten) ... Tual Olivier Lallouette (bar) ... Jörgen Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg/Jean-Yves Ossonce rec Luxembourg, May 2001 world premiere recording TIMPANI 2C2065 [CD1 Acts 1 and 2: 61.00; CD 2 Act 3: 49.00] [RB]

A world premiere for Ropartz's lyric drama - turbulently dramatic, tragic and moody, Brittany is the amour lointaine. The voices are secure, clean toned, strong and attractive. Delunsch has a voice which merits the sort of fame meted out to the greatest. … see Full Review
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Joseph-Guy ROPARTZ (1864-1924) The complete organ works - Offertoire Pascal (1894); Trois Pièces (1894); Six Pièces (1896/1901); Versets du commun des Saints (1898); Deux Petites Pièces (1899); Trois méditations (1917); Rhapsodie sur deux Noëls populaires de la Haute-Bretagne (1917); Introduction et Allegro moderato (1917) Jean-Pierre Lecaudey (organ) - Grandes Orgues Aristide Cavaille-Coll de l'abbatiale de Saint--Ouen de Rouen (France) - rec 8-9 April 1997, Rouen PAVANE ADW 7393/4 [2CDs: 68.37+54.18] [RB]

A strong commendation to students of Ropartz, the French organ and music written during the Great War. ... see Full Review
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